Winners of the Season 22 poker tournament at the Wells Gray Inn were (l-r) Terry Searls, second place; Crystal Hanson, first; and Deb Watson, third.

Hanson wins Season 22 poker tourney

Best hand of the tournament was Quad 5s (four of a kind) 5,5,5,5

By Goldie Krawec

The Season 22 poker tournament was held on Wednesday, June 28 at the Wells Gray Inn.

Coming in first was Crystal Hanson, second was Terry Searls and third went to Deb Watson.

Play started out cautious, as you have to remember, these are the players who played the most consistently during the past three months.

Best hand of the tournament was Quad 5s (four of a kind) 5, 5, 5, 5. This happened twice during one game.

Winner of Season 22 with the highest points for the season was Deb Watson, 6550, who also won Season 21. Other scores were Goldie Krawec, 6300; Crystal Hanson, 6050; Linda Merritt, 5575; Fred Roach, 5325; Chris Moore, 5200; Terry Searls, 4850; Shirley Wheelhouse, 4525; and Mike Fraser, 4500.

The tournament consisted of the nine players who gained the highest points during the previous three months of play. After each game played they received points according to the position they finished each evening. First place was 1200 points with second place receiving 900 points.

The scale dropped 100 points until ninth place player receives 200 points. Every player after that receives points but to a lesser amount.

So, even if we happen to have 20 players or more in an evening, you still receive points towards the season total. The club also awards extra points for the best hand of the evening and also for taking out the bounty – the the previous week’s game winner.

Best hands of the season were mixed and varied. Two players scored best hand with two Straight Flush hands consisting of 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Next on the list for the different evenings were Quad Aces (four of a kind) A, A, A, A two times.

The next best hand was Quad Ks with K, K, K, K. The same night as this hand was played another player had Quad 3s with 3,3,3,3. There were several Full Houses with A, A, A, J, J, then A, A, A, 10, 10, followed by J, J, J, K, K. Lesser hands consisted of 10, 10, 10, 6, 6; 10, 10, 10, 5, 5; 10, 10, 10, 2, 2, and 9, 9, 9, 2, 2.

If anyone reading this wants to join in a game or two, or stick with it for a whole season, please do. We challenge all, especially Internet, players to join us for an evening of fun in this unpredictable game of chance. We meet at the Wells Gray Inn on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

We have heard, “Who plays 10, 2?” Doyle Brunson does and he writes books about it. Doyle is now 83 years old and plans to play in the World Series of Poker this year. You are never too old to play cards or games of chance. It keeps your brain healthy.